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A maple came down this past winter across the path to our summer camp in Maine. I cut it up for firewood and started splitting it when I found it was Tiger Maple. I could not just burn it so I saved a few sections.

This spoon is made from that tree.

I roughed it out with an ax and shaped it with a combination of gauge, hooked knife, spoke shave and straight knife.

This is the second spoon I have ever made and I think it is a big improvement on my first one.

After shaping the spoon I baked it at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Finished with Mineral Oil.

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Beautiful spoon. I love the shape!!

cheers, Jim
 

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Excellent work!

Claude
 

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Fantastic! Only those who have tried realize how difficult it is to make a nice shaped spoon.
 

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[This may be a dumb question but I'm new at this] Why the baking at the end? If that's to dry the wood, why is that not done before carving?
 

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Metalbot,
Not dumb at all. I've never carved anything but I do like to find a few board feet of something special in a down tree. 350 is way higher than needed if the concern is insects, so ithe bake is probably to dry it out. I would think its easier to carve it while it's still moist, at least I think it is for turning small bowl blanks.

Redtail,
I love the form that you have gotten on this piece. It's hard to believe it's only your second spoon. Did you bend the curve of the handle, or is that a result of your carving.

-JD
 

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The baking may also be to help draw the mineral oi a little deeper into the wood, although usually a bout 4 minutes is enough for that.
 

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I baked it prior to applying the oil. It is supposed to stabilize the wood so that it does not get effected by moisture. I think it is called catalyzation. I read about it in a facebook spoon making group. It chemically changes the wood to harden it.

I did the carving while the wood was green and boy is that easier than dry wood.

I did not bend the handle. I carved that out of the block. My first spoon was made from a 4/4 board so I did not have enough wood to allow for a curve.
 

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Great work on that spoon! It would become the wife's favorite in our kitchen I'm sure!
 

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I gifted this to my aunt and refuses to use it. She just has in on display. Personally I think she is missing out.
 
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